Men, they bear the social burden of having to be strong both mentally and physically. Yet the highest rate of depression is in men who are 40-59 years old, and 41% of men who live in high-income countries do not exercise enough. Being aware of these conditions might not change these numbers but it can help those who are affected by them. Here are ten facts about how physical activity helps improve mental health as well as overall health.
- Exercise releases feel good chemicals in the brain, this can ease depression
- Exercise can improve sleep
- Exercise can increase energy and stamina
- Weight loss may be achieved
- Self-confidence may be improved
- Reduce your risk of chronic disease
- Improve learning skills
- Helps boost decision making skills
- Decreases stress
- Strengthens heart as well as muscles
It is suggested that adults get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Exercise is a great way to boost mental and physical health but it is important that you check with your doctor before you being your mood improving journey. Physical activity is also a great way to get involved in the community, and build connections and support within families. If you or somebody you know is suffering from physical inactivity or mental health issues, there is no better way to show your support than by getting out there and exercising with them. How will you being your journey?
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